THC doesn’t always jump on the most common news items of the day, because there are plenty of other places that you can get the scoop on the more mundane issues of the day.
Occasionally, however, a piece of ground-breaking reporting will make the rounds that we just have to piggy back on.
Enter this piece by the LoCO, in which it is revealed that – *gasp* – the HSU student that plowed through the HSU sign had been drinking when it happened!
To which those of us at THC, and probably every single other person who read the original story, must say “No shit!”
We know it’s been a little slow on the news front lately, but come on. When LoCO Thunderdome commenters are correctly calling out the kid for DUI months ago, you’d think there’s not much to the story. THC does eagerly anticipate the LoCO’s follow-up story which reveals precisely what nasty things the sign said about the unnamed students mother to justify such a brash incident of revenge.
However, it is interesting to note that while UPD officers who responded to the incident were aware the kid had been drinking, they conducted no sobriety tests and the student was not arrested for DUI. That type of preferential treatment must be fantastic! THC agrees that, even 20 years ago when a few of us were still in college, there’s no way we’d have gotten off scot-free for a DUI crash through a damn university sign.
Whoever this young student/snowflake/bane-of-university-signs is, he’s luckier than hell. (Before you hop on the “snowflake” hating train, please know that each and every one of us at THC considers ourself a snowflake – at least, mommy tells us we are every night before bed.)
Or, on second thought, is the kid in question so lucky? Here’s a quote from UPD Chief Peterson, as it appeared in the LoCO article:
“I’ve been a cop outside of the campus environment and within, and I think there is definitely a part of our strategic plan to foster student success,” Peterson said. “We deal with people a little different now then we would have 10 or 15 years ago. There’s more focus on de-escalation and crisis intervention. We definitely have a different take, the environment is a little different and we look out for students, absolutely. They are our constituency group.”
What’s the lesson here? Forge yourself a student ID for when you’re drinking and driving around HSU, and be sure to wave at the consequences of your actions as you bypass them.